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The Importance of Diagnosing Underlying Asbestos Diseases

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on January 05th, 2019


People who come to suffer from less common diseases as a result of asbestos exposure often - if not always - have a second disease affecting their health, which may remain unidentified by specialists.

While lung diseases have the highest prevalence among victims of asbestos exposure, cancer occurring in different organs of the body, such as the stomach or the throat, is occasionally diagnosed as well. According to medical studies, asbestos fibers can reach one of these areas by traveling through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system, as they are microscopic and have a needle-like shape which promotes easy movement. Once asbestos fibers attach themselves to the organ they end up on, damage entailing severe inflammation and tissue scarring will gradually take place, just as in the case of pulmonary diseases.

Second and Third Opinions Are a Must If You Have A History of Asbestos Exposure

However, it is important to know that people who come to suffer from less common diseases as a result of asbestos exposure often have a second disease affecting their health, which may remain unidentified by specialists. These diseases, which can range from asbestosis to COPD, are affecting their lungs - the organs where asbestos fibers have initially wound up in. Unfortunately, numerous medical experts focus exclusively on the primary disease and fail to diagnose the secondary one, be it out of lack of experience or negligence. For this reason, we strongly advise you to have your lungs thoroughly evaluated by a pulmonologist if you struggle with another cancer stemming from asbestos exposure.

Receiving a second diagnosis is crucial not only to your prognosis, but also to your ability to recover financial compensation for your injury, since asbestos trust funds will not allow you to file a claim in the absence of a lung disease. Therefore, if, for instance, you only have a colon cancer diagnosis, your asbestos claim will not be paid out, as the evidence supporting the causal relationship between your illness and asbestos exposure will be deemed insufficient. It is also important to know that the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs alone is, most of the time, enough evidence that your original disease is asbestos-related, so you do not necessarily have to suffer from a pulmonary disease per se in order to be eligible for compensation.

The Following Cancers Require Evidence of Asbestos Fibers in Your Lungs or a Second Diagnosis of Pulmonary Disease

A B-reader, who specializes in analyzing and classifying X-rays of occupational lung diseases, is the most suitable medical expert to evaluate your chest radiographs. They will be able to tell you with certainty whether there are asbestos fibers in your lungs, as well as whether they have caused any significant damage so far. Seeking their opinion might let you recover the financial compensation you deserve from asbestos trust funds.

With over 25 years of medical practice, the B-readers we work with will eagerly come to your assistance and carefully evaluate your most recent chest X-ray. Supposing asbestos fibers or a lung disease will be discovered, our attorneys, who have been helping victims of toxic exposure since 1990, will subsequently help you claim the money you are entitled to in the shortest time possible.